Monday, January 28, 2013
Review of Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
There are novels that stick with you for a long time after reading them. This is one of those novels. Dorrie and Isabelle are the epitome of an odd couple. Isabelle is an almost ninety-year old white woman, and Dorrie is a thirty-something year old black woman. They form a strong friendship over the course of ten years through the ritual of Dorrie doing Isabelle's hair. Most people know that conversations between hairdressers and their clients often get personal, but these two took that a step farther and actually become good friends. Dorrie invites Isabelle into her life while Isabelle openly accepts that invitation. The only problem is that Isabelle isn't as forth-coming with her past. That all changes with the road trip from Texas to Cincy (Cincinnati). Julie Kibler has written a quinessential woman's fiction that is riddled with themes such as love, race issues, friendship, forgiveness, and acceptance. At first glance,the story centers around a romance Isabelle has shared with a man of color during the 1940s which is no surprise as being taboo as well as dangerous. Dorrie is a single mother of two who is dating a new man but is afraid to let him into her life completely although he seems to be a good man. The author fuses the two women's stories into one cohesive story of faith, hope, and love.